5 films that would have worked better as comics
List by Anthony Cleveland
You ever see a film and then think that it might've been better serviced within another medium? Generally, Hollywood is quick to snag the rights for a book or comic to churn it into mainstream, popcorn munching motion pictures; however, there have been several instances that would've been better serviced if they weren't films at all. In this list, I'll be counting down my personal selections that would be even better or more successful as a comic series.
- 5. The Purge
Talk about a wasted great idea. This series should have played out like a Carpenter movie, but never sets a solid foundation with the first film. It would have functioned better as an on-going series, which would no double lead to tons of spin offs. I'd treat this like 100 Bullets where we focus on the characters rather the larger world. This film just tries to do too much with a cool plot. Tonally, it's off and doesn't know what to be, and the twists and turns are eye rolling.
- 4. Waterworld
This movie is a mess that is essentially Road Warrior on water -- that's giving it too much credit though... It's a watered down Road Warrior (get it?). The weirder elements turned people away, and it was just too outlandish at times. In fact, it was even too goofy for a lot of the actors to grasp. The performances and direction feels futzy and fumbled, like a child is making it, then it goes completely dark and adult with implied rape scenes. All that aside, there's so many directions this could be taken as a graphic novel. You could make it look like Tank Girl, or play the doom and gloom angle straight up; creator's choice.
- 3. Darkman
I actually think that the film is brilliant. I love that Raimi decided to create his own superhero, after not being able to get the rights to Batman or The Shadow. However, as an on-going comic series, a creator would have the opportunity to explore so much more, which would've been more successful in comic form than the subsequent films ever could hope to be.
- 2. Robocop
The first film is brilliant, don't get me wrong. But the sequels were...silly and that didn't play well with audiences. As a comic book, readers would be more forgiving when Robocop battles a cyborg samurai. Just like Darkman, I think this would benefit from an on-going comic series; I think it would allow Robocop to really get crazy.
- 1. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
I see this a black and white/grey tone graphic novel. The only thing in color are the toons. The comic would play up the noir style of the movie, but be able to take more risks, if needed. For example, we could take a look at the smut cartoons from that time period. And of course when Eddy rolls into toon town he's the only one in grey tone in the bright and bouncy town.
What do you think? What films do you think would function better as a comic? We want to know. Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below, and, as always, remember to viddy well!